Sleep Quantity Requirements

We all want the best for our children and one common focus in ensuring that our children have the most amount of sleep that they need for their age.


There is a variation in how much sleep each child needs however, it is known that there is an average amount of sleep required for relevant ages.


Ensuring that your child has adequate sleep quantity to encourage optimal health and development is a high goal and common purpose for most parents.



But how much sleep does your child really need? To make it easy for you, I have provided you with an age-by-age guide right up until 5 years of age!



Birth to 3 weeks – 6-9 hours day sleep | 9-12 hours night sleep | 16-18 hours total

3 weeks to 6 weeks – 6-7 hours day sleep | 9-12 hours night sleep | 16-17 hours total

6 weeks to 9 weeks – 5-6 hours day sleep | 9-12 hours night sleep | 15-16.5 hours total

9 week to 12 weeks – 4.5-5 hours day sleep | 9-12 hours night sleep | 14.5-15.6 hours total

12 weeks to 16 weeks – 4-4.5 hours day sleep | 9-12 hours night sleep | 14-16.5 hours total

4 months - 3.5-4 hours total day sleep | 9-12 hours night sleep | 14-16 hours total

5 months - 3-3.5 hours total day sleep | 11-12 hours night sleep | 14-15.5 hours total

6-7 months - 2.5-3.5 hours total day sleep | 11-12 hours night sleep | 13.5-15.5 hours total

8-12 months - 2.5-3 hours total day sleep | 11-12 hours night sleep | 13.5-15 hours total

12-14/18 months - 2-3 hours total day sleep | 11-12 hours night sleep | 13-15 hours total

14/18 months - 2-2.5 hours total day sleep | 11-12 hours night sleep | 13- 14.5 hours total

2.5-5 years – 0-2 hours total day sleep | 11-12 hours night sleep - 11-14 hours total


I hope this helps you plan to provide your child with the sleep your child needs for their biological age.


Of course, if you do need any assistance or guidance with establishing adequate sleep, then please reach out to me!


Shereen Nielsen


My name is Shereen Nielsen and I am a certified infant and child sleep coach and Birth and Postpartum Doula. I am also a lecturer and mentor for students on their journey towards becoming a Sleep Consultant, through my on-line internationally recognised sleep consultants course.


If you would like more information about my services please contact me:

Phone: +61419820474

Email: hello@shereennielsen.com

Website: www.shereennielsen.com

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